Since 1980, Kinpachi Restaurant has been synonymous to Hotel Street as any of the landmark establishments in the area.
Its secret: Quality food and hard-not-to-notice location that has been the standard, if not the envy, of the island’s restaurants for decades.
Established 33 years ago by Yoshio Kamata, Kinpachi has grown from a little nook in the heart of Saipan’s tourist district into a 100-seat food extravaganza, thanks in part to Yamata’s daughter Misako, who took over the business in 1987.
“It’s not really a secret. Maybe we’ve been very successful for several reasons. For one, our business place is easy to find and has access to walk-in customers from Hyatt Regency Saipan and Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan,” said Misako.
Kinpachi also makes it a point to only serve quality food to its loyal customers. It is famous for its noodles like the miso ramen, hot ramen, tenzaru soba, tempura, breaded shrimp, and sushi rolls.
“Our menu is simple, typical Japanese family dishes at affordable prices,” said Misako.
Having excellent service is also something the restaurant takes seriously.
“We make sure we have very good service everyday and give our customers reasons to come back and for them to recommend our restaurant to others. We want to make sure that our customers have a great time here.”
Another key to Kinpachi’s success, Misako said, is their cooks’ ability to adapt to the times and reinvent their food offerings.
“We create new menus for our customers’ satisfaction. We listen to their requests and try to make changes if necessary.”
That innovation also carries over to the restaurants’ non-Japanese customers.
“We are known as a Japanese restaurant serving authentic Japanese dishes we but don’t only cater to Japanese tourists. We also give attention and consider other nationalities like Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Russian, and the locals of Saipan.”
While locals seem to prefer tempura, sashimi, breaded shrimp, katsudon, and chicken teriyaki, Chinese tourists like fresh seafood and grilled dishes. Sushi rolls and fresh sashimi, meanwhile, are favorites of Russian tourists.
Kinpachi recently extended its kitchen and dining area to accommodate more customers. In early 2013, the restaurant also opened Kinpachi Beer Garden in partnership with MARPAC, Inc. and Budweiser. It is open from 6pm to 12pm.
As Kinpachi celebrates its 33rd anniversary this month, Misako said, “I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the continued patronage and support from the community. It is the vital part of my business growth as it has grown considerably for the last 33 years.”
To give back to the community, Misako created the non-profit organization, PDM Promoters, Inc., to help out the community, especially the Paseo de Marianas with its monthly cleanups. PDM Promoters also bankrolls the Saipan Awaodori Team,
“As a successful business owner I feel that I have responsibility to help and contribute to the common good. I want this island to be something that these children will be proud of when they grow up,” she said.
Kinpachi is open Monday to Sunday from 7am to 11pm. For more information and for reservations, call 233-7715.
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